These three car manufacturing behemoths (well, two and Tata) have been working in partnership to develop connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs). CAVs will not only be able to perform in isolation, but will communicate with nearby vehicles and gain information from them about their current status on the road.
The three major announcements at the UK Autodrive event were their new automatic overtaking technology, a warning stayed which monitors the braking activity of the car ahead and also a technology which communicates with traffic lights so that the vehicle and occupants arrive at the lights when they turn green.
JLR, Ford and Tata, by working in partnership are hoping to establish the industry standard for CAVs, allowing all vehicles from all manufacturers to communicate with one-another. JLR have committed a fleet of around 100 vehicles to their autonomous technology research efforts over the coming four years, which are developing technologies both for on-road and off-road applications.
“Until now we have focused on the communication between Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, this collaborative approach is a major stepping stone towards all connected and autonomous vehicles co-operating with each other in the future,” he said.
The implications of CAVs are increased safety and capability over a singularly autonomous vehicle; and hopefully therefore greater public acceptance of these emerging technologies.
For more information, see the article over at car advice here, and the website for UK Autodrive, the largest of three consortia running three-year trials in to autonomous vehicles in the UK.
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